The Secret of Santa Vittoria: A Novel
I have to admit it took me about 100 pages to really get into it, but then I couldn't put it down.
My grandfather also mentioned it became a movie. Now I’m off to find it because I’ ...more
that I chose the book as a selection for the club. The plot sounded amusing. A small wine-making village in the hills of Italy tries to hide close to one million bottles of wine from the occupying Nazis. Amusing isn't quite the word I used once I finished the book.
The story takes place near the end of WWII, just after Mussolini is executed. The Germans are occupying ...more
It starts off a little dry and old school. After a few chapters it hits its stride though.
Well developed characters and great pacing. Surprising suspenseful. Machiavelli is worked well into the story.
Not that I have anything to go on, but it feels that this book captured what a small hillside Italian town was like back in the 1940s.
One thing that really disappoints me after finishing it is that book isn't as real as the introduction or parts of t ...more
2015 Reread: I remember enjoying this novel so much, and lately I've done a lot of mysteries and books for work, so I decided to do something I rarely do with novels -- I read this a second time after over 20 years. The story was new to me, after so many years. The writing was still so entertaining that I had no trouble looking forward to picking up the book, and even sneaking in extra reading time. Bombolini the Mayor of Santa Vitt ...more
History and war
Wit and self-effacing humor
Morals and consequences
Heartbreak beyond tears
and Thunderbolt love.
And hilarious stereotypes! Although if I were German or Italian, I'm sure I would be incensed and insulted. Yet on the other hand, the stereotypes were mostly assumed by the characters (even by themselves) and then later proved...well, ...more
Set in Italian mountain town after the fall of Mussolini, this is a WW11 story with a difference. Great characters, compelling story skillfuly balancing humour and pathos.
Italo Bombollini (Quinn) is viewed by the citizens of Santa Vittoria as a clown, a buffoon, ridiculed by many (including his wife). Yet when times called for a person of particular leadership skills up...more
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